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Summer at the SCC Library

Summer session is upon us, and the library is ready! We offer most of the same services in summer as in the rest of the year, but with a few changes around the edges. Book loan periods, online access to databases, on-demand research help, and access to computers and the wifi network are all available. We know that some students are new in summer, and others are used to the way things are set up in the regular year, so here is a quick rundown on how Summer Session is different.

Sprinklers with rainbow

Photo by Flickr user Pictoscribe


Hours are reduced in summer. We open just a little later at 8 am, and we close a bit earlier, at 6 pm. Plus, we are only open Monday – Thursday.

Library workshops

Our face-to-face workshops do not take place during the summer. However, the online tutorial, PILOT, remains available as an alternative. Thousands of students complete this tutorial every semester.


As in Fall and Spring, we offer 2-hour checkout of many current textbooks. Because our hours are somewhat different in Summer, if you take a reserve item overnight the time it is due will vary from other times. Learn more: Can I check textbooks out overnight?

Note to Faculty

As always, we are eager to help your class get started on its research by offering a library orientation customized to your class needs. Because we are staffed differently in summer, we ask that you schedule this session not by filling out our online form, but by either calling us (916–558–2461) or by visiting the Research Help desk on the second floor of the LRC.

Summer 2014 Hours

The LRC will close for Summer Recess at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 21. It will reopen on Monday, June 9.

Library hours for Summer Session, June 9 – August 6, will be as follows:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Friday – Sunday: closed

If you need to pay fines during Summer Recess or on a Friday, please ring the front doorbell of the LRC, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (closed Monday, May 26 and Friday, July 4).

The LRC will be closed for the second Summer Recess, August 7 – 23.

New Book List Posted (New DVDs, Too!)

Come and get them – New Books and DVDs!

The searchable New Books List, books added from Nov. 2013 through April 2014, has just been posted. You can also find “This Just In,” a weekly update of new book and DVD titles added to the Library collection, at the New Materials page.

Borrow them with your student or employee ID card. (Information about borrowing over break coming soon—watch this space.)

The Bay Area School by Thomas WilliamsTesla by W. Bernard CarlsonTime Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian MortimerSidetracked: Why our Decisions Get Derailed by Francesca GinoHydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know by Alex Prud'homme

Take a Look at Trial Databases

Every year we take a look at the databases we offer and ask some questions: what is being used, and what isn’t? What new needs have emerged, and what new tools have come on the market?

As we contemplate changes, vendors are often happy to offer limited trials. This year we are looking at a few things we have not previously offered as library subscriptions. Here’s the list of what is available currently. Note, most of these trials will expire on or around May 7.

One or two more trials may appear in the coming weeks. You can find all of these at the databases page under Trial Databases.

Spring Break Hours

The LRC will be open according to its regular schedule through Saturday, April 12.

Spring Break hours are as follows:

  • Monday, April 14 – Thursday, April 17: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Friday,  April 18 – Saturday, April 19: closed.

On Monday, April 21, we will resume normal hours.